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Old 07-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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1977 Dodge georgieboy cruisemaster

Hi all. Posted here not long ago.We have a 1977 Dodge Georgieboy cruisemaster. Problems with my dodge 360 engine. We were fully packed ready to go camping.We set out down my local road to the gas station, when the engine stalled.This is the first time this has happened.Went out last year for a few trips,no problems with stalling. This is the first time setting out this year.We had just above 1/4 tank.So I made it back home after stalling 7 -8 times.We were not far.Tried putting gas line antifreeze in thinking maybe there is water in gas.But everytime I start it ,the engine runs smoothly for about 30 seconds then shuts off.When the engine sits awhile to cool and I start it it runs longer,but then shuts off.We then changed the fuel filter,thinking there may be a blockage.I and my friends have very little to go on when looking at it.This is a very common engine,must be thousands around.Tried looking on the net for manuals on this.Anyone know anything about this problem or where to find info on it.Much appreciated, rvtodd...
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Sounds like the coil is going bad.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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Yes trackman, that's something I didn't consider. We'll have to have a look at it. thanks
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Tried starting it again from cold. Starts normally ,can accelerate engine normaly.Can put in drive and move no stalling.But as engine warms it shuts off without warning.When engine is up to full warm temperature it stalls by itself more frequently. Other than that engine sounds great,something is shutting it down.
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Tried starting it again from cold. Starts normally ,can accelerate engine normaly.Can put in drive and move no stalling.But as engine warms it shuts off without warning.When engine is up to full warm temperature it stalls by itself more frequently. Other than that engine sounds great,something is shutting it down.

COIL.I have a old Dodge and this is common. Not much expense to change it out. While you are in there change the distributer cap and rotor button. Bet you will not be sorry.
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Thanks trackman. is this the long cylinder with a cable connected at the end going to the dist cap? If it is it's dead easy to do with engine cover off. Now is the time to do it.
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Thanks trackman. is this the long cylinder with a cable connected at the end going to the dist cap? If it is it's dead easy to do with engine cover off. Now is the time to do it.
Yes,, that is the ignition coil... Two small wires along with the 'coil wire' going to the distributer cap. The two small wires are labeled + and - . Don't get them reversed. That year Mopar is also know for burning up the ballast resistor. I don't think that is your problem, but since it is cheap insurance, I HIGHLY recomend getting one to carry with you. When that goes out, it won't start when the starter is engaged, but might "try" to start when you let off the key. I have many years with Mopars, 360's mainly. Very dependable over all.
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Thanks monkey. I am hoping the coil will do the trick . So where is the ballast resistor located? I may change this also.
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Some where mounted close by, on pickup trucks it would be on the firewall, i would think about it before the coil, plus its cheaper in cost.
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More than likely it will look like this....
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Well ,my friend and I changed the ignition coil. Tried running it again.Same thing happening.But it does run a little longer now.But still stalls out. My friend thinks changing the dist cap won't help, but Im not sure what to try now.Can't find the ballast resistor,on this Dodge. Also the guy at the auto parts store says if it was the ballast resistor, the engine would stall right after starting it,everytime...
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I would also check the carb float. On my '78 dodge 360, the float disintegrated, so I rebuilt the carb. Also, make sure your choke is open. Eddie Elk.
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I hate to have you 'throw' parts at it,,, but once you narrow it down between fuel or ignition, we'll know more.... Once apon a time, one of my Mopar's had a bad ignition modual, (control box) , the motor would quit just like turning off the key when it got hot.(warmed up) I tell you what,,, next time it quits, preferably at home, pull the air cleaner and see if the carb still has fuel in it by working the accelerator pump. That 'should' tell you if you have a fuel starvation problem. I take it it does just "quit" like turning off the key ?? No caughing, sputtering etc ??? If so then it's ignition, and I would suspect what I mentioned above. And yes, the ballast resistor either works, or it's burned out.
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Thanks for the ideas guys. Yup, monkey we checked the carb when it stalls.We still see fuel pumping into it at the time it stalls.When it stalls it's exactly like turning off the key, only it does it randomly when it feels.No sputtering or anything.When it runs it sounds perfect,not rough or vibrating.Yes it quits running quite often.We don't have it out of the yard, can't go 1/2 mile before stalling.If I can't figure it out,it will be towed to my car mechanic who is a dodge specialist for 30 years.He should know the problem,cause he also owns a dodge like mine.I only wanted to try to fix it on the spot hoping to get it going on my own,and learn something.It's a little more complicated than I thought.Been about 25 years since I've owned a carberated engine.Once had a dodge 318, so been a while diagnosing the old school engines .Eddieelk, we will have a look at the choke and float to see if anything is out of order. We will see what happens from here.Thanks again guys.
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